Essex has fallen,

Romford first then Chelmsford,

Dagenham dug in but was ravaged.

The spirit of malcontent came to a climax

and spilled over like the nightlife itself. 

Social media has been full of it,

online casinos offering odds on the outcome. 

Basildon Town hall is under siege

no police presence reported

though notable statues have been protected.


Politicians were not available for comment

except Boris, spotted at a laying on of hands ceremony

tongue tied after his scriptwriters

were too listless to rise to the challenge

as all are on wages. 

He promised that the QE2 bridge would remain closed

and to be alert at all times. 


Fears have been expressed 

for the safety of the A12,

helicopters are gathering over Colchester

in recognition of its advantage

as a stronghold.

Tattoo parlours remain open. 


Crowds with flags reading "The only way is Essex"

were seen on the marshes headed up

by George Galloway and Nigel Farage,

not just a stunt they said,

"People have simply had enough,

they're sick and tired,

 Essex has fallen."







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trevor homer

Tue 29th Sep 2020 15:18

To my mind Ray there's nothing strange about it. I think poetry is about what the poetry is pointing at, not how it's said. It doesn't have to be poetic. Here's to strangeness. Cheers

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Sun 27th Sep 2020 19:47

Thanks Trevor A and Tom for the likes.

I'm glad you found this of interest Trevor. I do get some strange ideas and am happy to express them !

Paul, I too am encouraged with your comment, thanks.

Mphiliseni, i'm flattered.!

I choose my victims at random Stephen, but Essex I do know a bit from living in Walthamstow years ago. Some flat areas there mostly and ideal for sieges and surges. Please let us see that poem too!

All the best readers. Ray

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Stephen Gospage

Fri 25th Sep 2020 16:31

Ray, this is breathtakingly brilliant! I am a (former) Essex man myself (a stone's throw from Rainham marshes - not that I threw many) and enjoy the humour and menace of this piece.
I wrote a poem on Essex a couple of years ago. It's not a patch on this but I may post it sometime.
Thanks for the great read.

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Mphiliseni Mthimkhulu

Fri 25th Sep 2020 15:16

Great work indeed!💪

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Paul Sayer

Fri 25th Sep 2020 12:36

Ray, it is so encouraging to read your musings.

Thanks for a smile and a worthwhile lurk.


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trevor homer

Fri 25th Sep 2020 12:29

Ray I like the nature and dystopian ambiguity of this piece. A challenging and contentious poem which like it or not can't be ignored. Galloway and Farage is a strange alliance but rule nothing out! Excellent.

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